Correctional Officer Salary

A Correctional Officer earns an average salary of $35,958 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Safety Compliance and Transport.
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$26,196 - $61,275
$26K
$36K
$61K
MEDIAN: $35,958
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50%
90%

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$10.94 - $21.89
$11
$15
$22
MEDIAN: $15.32
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$26,196 - $61,275  
   
Bonus
$120.00 - $5,040  
Total Pay (?
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$24,947 - $56,933  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 957
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.94 - $21.89  
   
Overtime
$15.48 - $40.68  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$120.00 - $5,040  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,947 - $56,933  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 730

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Job Description for Correctional Officer

A correctional officer works at a prison, jail, or similar institution. They are responsible for maintaining the safety and control of all persons remanded to the custody of the facility. The help ensure and enforce all procedures and regulations as required by the jurisdiction and management.

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Correctional Officer Tasks

  • Maintain security of the jail or institution.
  • Supervise prisoners and maintain security, rules, regulations and cleanliness in correctional facility.
  • Responsible for transporting or moving prisoners.
  • Receive and secure prisoners until their release.

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Pay by Experience Level for Correctional Officer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,889

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Correctional Officer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Correctional Officer?

Correctional Officer in Cleburne:
"Ugh...."
Pros: What I like most is the stability. It is job security because there will always be someone breaking the law. And it pays my bills...well somewhat pays them.
Cons: It is dark and depressing. There is no appreciation for anything you do. I was told I can move up in the company but employees that have been there less time then me are getting picked over me. Plus, they want me to treat people like they are dirt all because they are jail and I just cant do that.

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Key Stats for Correctional Officer

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 162 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Correctional Officer Salaries

Late-Career
▲37%

▲13%

▲4%

National Average
$35,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Correctional Officer Salaries

Safety Compliance
▲42%

Transport
▲14%



People Management
▲1%

National Average
$35,000

Military
▼3%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
▼17%

Security Risk Management
▼19%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 162 votes.

Gender

Female
24 %
Male
76 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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